Language & Literacy
Songs, Poems, &
I'm a Great Big Whale
I'm a great big whale,
Watch me as I swim,
(pretend to swim)
Here is my blowhole,
(point to top of head)
Here are my fins.
(wave hands against body)
See me flip my tail,
As down I go,
(pretend to dive)
Then up I come,
And "Whoosh!" I blow.
(thrust arms up and out)
this poem on a big piece of tag board cut in a whale shape for kids to practice
reading on their own.
fish, slippery fish, (Wiggle hand out in front of you)
in the water, Slippery Fish, Slippery Fish
he was eaten by a... (Repeat verses inserting other animals and how they
Fish (Swimming) (Open and close hand)
(Squirting) (Wiggle fingers in front of you)
White Shark (Chomping) (Open and close arms like sharks mouth)
Whale (Spouting) (Push arms up over your head like water spouting out a
Fish! Have two sets of fish cards one with capital letters the other
with lower case and have the kids match the two cases together for a pair.
Ask the children what an ocean is? Where
are they? How are they different from a lake? What kind of
animals live in the ocean?
a K-W-L (Know, Want to Know, Learned) chart of all the facts the kids
know about Oceans, and what they want to know. Afterward revisit the
chart and write down new things the kids have learned.
children dictate stories about their ocean pictures and make a classroom
book! One idea would be to start them out with "I went to the ocean
and I saw..." And then let them create a picture collage of what
they saw at the ocean.
Math & Number Concepts
Fish Bowl Counting: Use
a plastic fish bowl or large die cut fish bowls, with small die cut gold
fish or plastic fish counters. Roll a dice or draw cards and have the
kids place that many number of fish in the bowl. Tell fish story problems,
for example: "There were three fish in the bowl and the teacher
bought two more at the store, now how many fish do you have?" Have
the children use their counters to figure out the answers.
Supplies: Blue tag board with fish shapes traced on it (precut for really young children), sequins, glue, fish line or string, paper punch.
Directions: Each child needs a fish they can cut it out and glue sequins on it how ever they wish to make their very own rainbow fish! Then have them punch a hole in the top and tie fish line or string to hang it with.
Bubble Print Fish-
Hang bubble wrap on your easel, let the kids paint it with a kids paint
roller. Provide precut fish shaped paper. The kids can place the fish
shape over the painted bubble wrap, rub the top and peel it off for a scaly
fish print! We offer several colors to make colorful rainbow fish.
draw a picture with glue and sprinkle sand over the top.
Sand Art- fill
baby food jars with layers of colored sand and glue a painted cover on.
Put a picnic basket in the House Keeping Corner for the kids to pretend to go to the ocean and have a picnic.
A big box for a boat will add hours of fun!
Play fishing poles too!
Fill a small wadding pool with shredded blue construction paper, and plastic
fish for the kids to explore.
Music & Movement
Play some classical music
and invite the children to "swim" with you underwater.
Encourage them to move to
the music discuss what a fish might swim like in the ocean.
*Increase interest by offering
the kids long pieces of blue crepe paper streamers to make ocean waves!
Sculptures- I will leave
out some sand clay (see Craft Recipes) for the kids to sculpt with all week. I'll leave out a bunch of sea shells, some star fish, etc. for them to make prints in the sand clay and explore with.
shells, star fish, sand dollars for the kids to explore and observe.
Offer them magnifying glasses, small rulers to make observations with.
*Shells are fun to press into play dough or other clay materials to make
prints or "fossils".
Blocks & Building
Add marine animals to the
block area. Encourage children to build aquariums for the fish.
Puzzles, Games &
Gold Fish crackers, Peanut butter
& Pretzels... Go fishing, give kids a little peanut butter to dip their
pretzel stick and and try to stick it on a gold fish cracker to catch it.
Ocean Spray Juice and some
ocean animal fruit chews.
"Fishing For Good
Work": Hang kid's art work or other work that they are proud of
from an ocean themed bulletin board covered with sea creatures and
fishing net. Just clip their work right to the nets with clothes pins!